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Monday, December 10, 2012

Le Corbusier's La Tourette reinterpreted - Günther Domenig Steinhaus

Le Corbusier's La tourette.

Gunther Domenig's Steinhaus, a post modern mannerist interpretation of Le Corbusier's La Tourette

Similarly of equal importance, the architecture is meant to be seen, but also provides  unique views outward.

“He was an extremely talented architect who deserved to be better known but he wasn’t on the circuit and only spoke German,” said former chair of architecture at the Bartlett, Peter Cook.  “In a way he was the architectural equivalent of Walter Pichler - he was an exponent of that kind of Austrian art.  His bank was an extraordinary piece both formalistically and surface-wise.”
Domenig’s most radical projects was arguably his own house, the in-situ concrete “Steinhaus” on Lake Ossiach, which he began in 1980 and added to continually up to his death.  The project was the subject of a 1986 exhibition and associated publication produced by the Architectural Association.

Gunther Domenig's interior of Stein Haus is a like a wide angle view of a Corbusier monastic interior. 

Le Corbusier used similar floating volumers.

Le Corbusier La Tourette is quite stoic. 

Again Gunther was footnoting Corbusier's use of floating concrete volumes. 

Le Corbusier used stark interiors embody the meditative and trappist monk. 

Le Corbusier employed similar random facade treatment at Ronchamp.
Günther Domenig: Steinhaus--Stonehouse -- Günther Domenig is known as a non-conformist in the Austrian architectural scene. Stonehouse tells the story of the conception and construction of a home cum studio cum intellectual haven for the architect in a landscape which has been part of his personal memory bank of images since childhood. Though the interest in this Folio lies undoubtedly in its description of a particular and highly personal creative process, the problems of response to site, landscape, image and memory which the architect confronts have a wider resonance. This Folio contains twenty-two plates of sketches, drawings and computer drawings by the architect plus an illustrated booklet which documents through an interview, photographs, poems and sketches, the particular context within which Domenig's work has grown and the story of the development of the Steinhaus project.

This house in all its seemingly vainglorious expressionism,  is actually a home for a trappist monk with little to no interior spaces and even less adornment on the interior.  Like Corbusier's monastic architecture the overall feeling is stoic and sparse - to an almost zen effect.

Gunther achieved what few architects ever managed - to realize his dream unadulterated. Like Frank Gehry's suburban home which Gehry received his initial fame, Domenig had to make the project for himself.  When the architect cannot procure the perfect client, he must become the client. He has left a legacy that few will ever live up to. Domenig forgedd into unknown territory and thus exceeded his own wildest expectations. This is the mark of true genius.  To make the ultimate architecture he had to forgo his search for the perfect client. His only alternative was to build it himself for others to truly see his vision.  Gunther built this house as an hommage to no one other than his own love for architecture and form .  The Steinhaus structure spanned several decades and was like most perfect works never fully completed. With the passing of this great architect - the world has prematurely lost an invaluable world class master who still had so much to teach us. - Ecomanta.